I write something about goals every year. Like most people, I see the start of the new year as one of those rare chances to have a clean slate. That is to say, when the year ticks over to read 2016, I can safely say…
I haven’t messed up this year
And it’s not a lie. It is not a false statement but rather a challenge to see how long I can maintain that status. I have learned over the past year one big thing, and that is, that in order to have a strong and successful 2016, I need to prepare for it starting now. I actually need to start cleaning the slate now.
So how are you going to get prepared for the changes that you want to make in the new year?
First and foremost, I recommend that you go out and buy a journal that is devoted specifically to your goals and the process you are taking to achieve them. In fact, I recommend you buy a nice journal for this purpose, think of it as investing in your own success.
New journal = New Opportunities.
The second thing that I will recommend is to take a little time getting to know how you tick. What motivates you, what leads you on a path to success and what doesn’t? If you are someone like me, then you are going to need to figure out how to build accountability into your goals. Based on the work of Gretchen Rubin, I am probably a pretty solid “Obliger”. That simply means that I am more likely to succeed when someone else is counting on me. I work best with deadlines and clear expectations. If you want to know more about her Four Tendencies, take the quiz or buy the book. (I bought the book on iTunes and listened to it.)
For example, knowing that I am an Obliger, I now post my workouts to my followers in the morning with a statement that I will post my results after I complete it. I have created a system when I am accountable to them. If I did not do this, I probably would not work out or I am more prone to allow someone else’s problem cause me to push back my workout. You can get this same accountability simply by joining a gym with a friend and committing to meet there at the same time.
The biggest thing though is to start taking a little time to know what will most likely make you successful. Once you know a little bit about how you tick and how you react in situations, you can move into the next phase of breaking the goals down.
I recommend that you take the time to break your goals down into short term, medium term and long term goals. It is a simple method to measure success and accept that changes and accept that success does not happen overnight. That is a really good start to your goal writing process. There are several more steps that I recommend, but I will save those until tomorrow. For now…take the time to:
- Buy a new Journal
- Figure out how you tick (what do you need to make successful habits)
- Write out your goals
- Break them down into three categories (short-term, medium-term, long-term)
And if you need help…ask!